Newborn girl buried alive by her father in Pakistan because she was deformed

Pakistani police have arrested a man accused  of burying his newborn daughter alive because she was physically deformed.

Mohammed Anwar, a police officer in the city  of Khanewal in the eastern Punjab province, said the child was born on Thursday  at a hospital in the nearby town of Kacha  Khuh.

But after seeing his little girl, father  Chand Khan is said to have been shocked that she had ‘abnormal features’.

Pakistani police have arrested a man accused of burying his newborn daughter

Pakistani police have arrested a man accused of burying  his newborn daughter (file pic)

He then set about planning how to dispose of  her body, it is claimed.

According to police, he told relatives that  the baby was born dead and arranged a funeral for the girl.

But shockingly, the baby let out a cry during  the service.

Chand is then accused of burying the girl  alive.

Residents alerted authorities after seeing  him take the baby to the graveyard.

Khan, who has four other children, will be  sentenced to death if he is found guilty of killing his daughter.

Police say they will now exhume the child’s  body to perform an autopsy.

It is claimed that Khan’s wife was still at  the hospital when the baby was buried.

Mohammed Farooq, a doctor at al-Shifa  hospital, says he saw the child after her birth on Thursday and  that she was healthy and alive but had a fairly large head and ‘abnormal’  features.

Mr Farooq said: ‘I am a doctor at the same  hospital where this child was born. This man came to me yesterday with a request that I should do something to  dispose of his child, but I snubbed him and said get out.

‘No one has the right to kill anyone because  of his or her physical deformity.’

Pakistani human rights activist Farzana Bari  has condemned the incident and Raghab Naeemi, a prominent Pakistan religious scholar, demanded a stern punishment for the  man if he is found guilty.

The case has also shed light on prejudices in  Pakistan against children, especially girls, who are born with physical deformities.

There have also been cases of parents killing  their children out of extreme poverty and an inability to take care of them.

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